Christmas Lights

I know Christmas is more than a month away but I love Christmas, and like every store in the world I get excited early :slight_smile: So here they are, some Christmas lights. Please critique on anything you think could use some tweaking, or just any comments you have about it.

before compositing:

The modeling and materials look good, but theyโ€™re too dark! Christmas lights need to be much brighter than that; it will make the image more believable and easier to see :yes:

Maybe you should add a strong emission value to the bulbs, and also probably turn on ambient occlusion and indirect lighting to brighten the scene.

The shadows are way too harsh. On that note, why IS there a shadow coming from a lightbulb. That just looks wrong.